Are these .prel files produced by version 8 of Premiere Elements?
Where are these files located? Are they on your computer's C drive?
Also, what type of camcorder did you source video come from?
And have you gone to the Help menu and select Check for Updates to ensure you have the latest updates for Premiere Elements?
Yes, I am using the same version of Premiere here as I did at school.
Yes, they are on my C drive. However, would their being in my Downloads folder affect anything?
I'm not sure what kind of camcorder it was as it's school property and I have to leave it there. It was a tape comcorder and I captured the video using firewire.
Lastly, I have not. I will go do that now. [EDIT]: I've installed all new updates, restarted the application and I have moved the .prel files out of my Downloads folder, without any luck.
What is the exact error message that you get, when you go to Open the existing PREL? There might be some useful info in that.
PS - just as a warning, if you do get the PREL Open, and edit in the trial version, you will end up with watermarked material, with a Premiere Elements banner in the footage. Now, not sure how this will impact things, if you do not Export/Share from the trial, but it is something to be aware of and to consider.